Book Nook: 11 Titles For Your Spring Reading List

From the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine spring 2021 issue, 11 new must-reads we’re sure you’ll want to add to your spring reading list.

EDITH HEATH: PHILOSOPHIES Edited by Jennifer M. Volland, Chris Marino | Information Office + Berkley Design Books
Launching in April 2021, this book serves as the definitive resource on Edith Kiertzner Heath (1911–2005) and the history of Heath Ceramics, emphasizing the philosophical foundations and influences of one of the most significant creative forces in post-World War II America.

ARSHAM-ISMS: DANIEL ARSHAM Edited by Larry Warsh | Princeton University Press
Contemporary artist Daniel Arsham blurs the lines between art, architecture, archeology and design. In his distinctive style, he takes ancient artworks and objects from twentieth-century pop culture and casts sculptures of them in geological materials such as quartz or volcanic ash, colliding past, present and future in haunted yet playful visions that prompt viewers to question their everyday surroundings.

COLOURS AND FACES OF INDIA Introduction and Photography by David Krasnostein | TeNeues
David Krasnostein captures the experiences and histories of everyday people in India. His striking images are prefaced by an introduction describing the Indian culture, religion and rituals he has come to know and love.

STUDIO WILLIAM HEFNER: CALIFORNIA HOMES II by William Hefner | Images Publishing
A follow-up to the success of 2013’s California Homes, this book includes imagery, sketches, design notes and behind-the-scenes stories chronicling the homes Hefner built and designed.

CHARLOTTE MOSS FLOWERS by Charlotte Moss | Rizzoli
Launching in April 2021, renowned interior designer and tastemaker Charlotte Moss celebrates flowers and offers endless inspiration in their use as glorious additions to decorating, entertaining, and everyday living.

ABLOH-ISMS: VIRGIL ABLOH Edited by Larry Warsh | Princeton University Press
A collection of quotations from the renowned fashion designer, DJ, and stylist, Virgil Abloh. Artistic director for Louis Vuitton, making Abloh the first American of African descent to hold that title at a French fashion house. Gathered from interviews and other sources, this selection of compelling and memorable quotations from the designer reveals his thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including creativity, passion, innovation, race and what it means to be an artist of his generation.

PATENTED: 1,000 DESIGN PATENTS by Thomas Rinaldi | Phaidon
A one-of-a-kind collection of original patent documents celebrating the creative genius of designers, inventors, creators, innovators and dreamers the world over. The range is phenomenal: patents by Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Ettore Sottsass, Raymond Loewy and George Nelson sit alongside everyday designs for tape dispensers, pencil sharpeners, food processors, desk fans and drink bottles to create a valuable reference that’s also an irresistible browse.

MARRAKECH FLAIR By Marisa Berenson | Assouline
Berenson fell in love with Marrakech eight years ago and once she found the perfect riad, she decided to call it home. It has been said that Marrakech awakens all of the senses. Whether it is seeing the intricate zellige tilework, smelling the various spices sold at the souks, hearing the call to prayer emanate from the nearby mosques, touching the supple leather used to make a pair of babouches (leather sandals), tasting a flavorful tagine, Marrakech never fails to excite. Located just west of the Atlas Mountains, the city has been inhabited by Berber farmers for centuries. It has been dubbed the “Ochre City” because of the proliferation of red sandstone buildings and the red city walls, which now enclose the Medina, home to Jemaa el-Fnaa, one of the busiest squares in Africa. Marrakech overflows with culture and has been inspiring visitors for decades.

OLGA MICHI: VULNERABLE Photography by Olga Michi | TeNeues
A new photographic look at how indigenous cultures and their people change under the influence of the outside and still maintain their traditions. 164 photographs of intense impact.

AT HOME: EVOCATIVE AND ART-FORWARD INTERIORS by Brian Paquette, Photography by Haris Kenjar | Gibbs-Smith
Interior design should not be sterile or static; it’s a living extension of art meant to be touched, used and admired. This mindset is the heart of Paquette’s interiors.

FUTURA-ISMS: FUTURA Edited by Larry Warsh | Princeton University Press
Futura is a living legend – a world-renowned painter, designer and photographer who was a pioneer of graffiti art and New York City’s “subway school.” Futura-isms is a collection of essential quotations from this fascinating artist. Compiled from four decades of interviews and panel discussions, this memorable selection illuminates Futura’s thoughts on legal and illegal art, his influences, fellow artists, and the past, present, and future.

Be sure to check out more of ASPIRE’s spring reading list recommendations, here!

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